Michelle Paulsen has been designing and directing education and science communication programs at Northwestern University for the past five years. Most of her projects are within the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA). In addition, she is the co-founder and director of RSG, Northwestern University’s research communication training program. RSG was started in 2012 with the goals of increasing awareness for the urgent need for excellent science communicators and providing coaching and training for graduate and post doctoral researchers to improve their own presentation skills. The program focuses on three important and basic components of communication: building confidence in all communication roles, enhancing the clarity of the message, and forming a connection with any audience.
Michelle brings a unique perspective to graduate education, having experience as an educator, a program designer, and a school board member. Her teaching experience runs from preschool through graduate school and includes topics that range from communication, planning, and design to mathematics, chemistry, physics, engineering, and educational methods.